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Do genital warts stay in your system?
Sometimes, the immune system clears the warts within a few months. But even if the warts go away, the HPV might still be active in the body. So the warts can come back. Usually within 2 years, the warts and the HPV are gone from the body.
How long does genital warts virus stay in your system?
Depending on the type of HPV that you have, the virus can linger in your body for years. In most cases, your body can produce antibodies against the virus and clear the virus within one to two years. Most strains of HPV go away permanently without treatment.
Can genital warts stay for 5 years?
Genital warts may go away on their own or with treatment. They can last from a few months to years (with or without treatment), most of them take 2 years to clear up. Approximately, 30% of all warts will subside within the first 4 months of infection.
Can genital warts be present for years?
If you have symptoms, they will probably occur 2 to 3 months after infection. But you can have symptoms from 3 weeks to many years after infection. Visible genital warts appear only during active infection.
How do you get rid of genital warts forever?
What’s the treatment for genital warts?
- Put chemicals on the warts to make them go away or stop growing.
- Give you a prescription for a cream that you put on the warts yourself for several weeks.
- Freeze the warts off (cryotherapy).
- Burn off the warts using an electric current.
Is it OK to leave genital warts untreated?
Genital warts can be treated by your healthcare provider or with prescription medication. If left untreated, genital warts may go away, stay the same, or grow in size or number. Cervical precancer can be treated. Women who get routine Pap tests and follow up as needed can identify problems before cancer develops.
Can you have genital warts and not have HPV?
The HPV that causes genital warts usually spreads through vaginal, oral, or anal sex or close sexual contact with the genital area. Even if there are no warts, HPV might still be active in the genital area and can spread to others.